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Melbourne Magic!

by habituallychic

08 . 18 . 09

I can’t believe it was a year ago that I met Melbourne interior designer and showroom owner Diane Bergeron. It seems like just yesterday that Michelle Adams of Rubie Green and I were laughing at her stories on David Hoey and Julius Vingerelli’s amazing roof terrace. Michelle was lucky enough to stay with Diane in her beautiful home while visiting Australia recently but the rest of us can drool over it in the September issue of Australian Vogue Living!

Diane and her family moved to her husband’s native Australia five years ago from New York and since then she’s made quite a name for herself by not only continuing her interior design career but also bringing many fabulous fabrics and firms with her. She is the agent to Lulu DK, Carolina Irving and Michelle Adams’s line, Rubie Green, as well as Madaline Weinrib. When I had a reader from Australia email me about finding a carpet that could be shipped to Australia, I referred her to Diane who I knew could help her!

Diane and her family actually live in a warehouse in Melbourne that also houses her showroom. You’ll notice the abundant use of color is contained to the upholstery, accessories and light fixtures while the white walls serve as a blank canvas.

I think my favorite part of her home are the green light fixtures that pick up the green of the Peter Dunham fig leaf fabric above!

This is the cute little guest room that Michelle Adams stayed in during her visit. I love how the black accents pop against the blue seagrass wallpaper!

In her daughter Anna’s narrow room, the bed also acts as a sofa. I especially love the contrasting red welting on the coverlet and trim on the draperies! I was thinking of suggesting a red welting on the bachelorette’s custom blue upholstered entry bench and now I have a great concept to show her! The pillows are in “East Village” fabric by Rubie Green.
The bathrooms custom vanity was made by Industria and I love that you don’t have to go far to find a hand towel!

I love orange so needless to say, this is my favorite room in Diane’s home! Paradise Background from Quadrille is used on the shade, headboard and pillows and coordinates perfectly with the Madeline Weinrib are rug! The fabric behind the bed hides a brick wall.

Diane’s love of color extends to her wardrobe! Here she is in her showroom/office space. The black and white fabric behind her is part of her new line called DB Home.

You’ve probably seen Diane’s famous inspiration board before on other blogs! It’s famous!

You can see in this view how many great patterned fabrics Diane represents! Also in the September issue of Australian Vogue Living is a look inside interior designer and blogger Anna Spiro’s home. Since they are so far away, I’m grateful to them both for opening their beautiful homes for all of to admire! Kind of makes me want to move to Australia!

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  1. The Wife of an Artist August 19, 2009 | 1:17 am

    I’m normally not the biggest fan of black and white rugs, but those rugs (and rooms) are definitely how to do it!

    I also love her blouse. I have the same one from J. Crew 😉

  2. DONNA OWNER OF "ON A WHIM" August 19, 2009 | 1:40 am

    I Thank You also, for sharing these pictures. I love the red bedroom. I too like her use of colors, it is a real inspiration to see.

  3. wild thyme flowers August 19, 2009 | 2:06 am

    Heather, what a lovely home. Like you, I particularly love the orange bedroom and I love Peter Dunham’s fig leaf fabric. Looking forward to the September issue of Australia Vogue Living…when it arrives….on the newstand….so many weeks from now…..in my neck of the woods…….sigh….thank you for this brief glimpse…

  4. Suzy August 19, 2009 | 5:06 am

    Ha! You and me both! 😉

  5. The Antiques Diva™ August 19, 2009 | 9:13 am

    My favorite magazine is actually Australia’s Vogue Living… They’re always featuring people, places and things I’m interested in! I love the black & white curtain wall. I had similiar wall paper in my entrance of our house in Holland matched with yellow silk berger’s and it was wonderful! I miss the paper, but now am thinking my guest bedroom here in Berlin does need a wall of curtains… perhaps this is the answer! Maybe not restful, but oh so divine! Something to think about!

  6. shawn angela August 19, 2009 | 11:08 am

    What a lovely home!I love the industrial feel of the kitchen coupled with the library ladder for the book shelves….As I’m a book fanatic (and share images from many of my decor books on my blog) that would definitely work for me.And I love the “LOVE” poster….
    thanks for sharing.

  7. Christina August 19, 2009 | 1:04 pm

    My compliments to Diane! I really like her style. Though I don’t live in a loft, there are so many loft-style developments going up in Toronto right now and it’s neat to see that type of space done so well here. Thanks for sharing this, Heather!

  8. Andrea August 19, 2009 | 1:36 pm

    Can someone tell me where to find the LOVE poster??

  9. Mr Christopher August 19, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    Wow. The guest and narrow rooms are fantastic! Love that seagrass base with the black, white and yellow highlight!

  10. C August 19, 2009 | 4:03 pm

    That bold black and white rug is fantastic! Tulips? At first glance I actually thought they were cheeky moustache’s.

  11. Beth Dunn August 19, 2009 | 4:19 pm

    I love orange too! xoxo

  12. Hudson Goods August 19, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    Love the ladder, chairs and door in that kitchen!

  13. Waxy August 19, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    Wow – what a gorgeous home! I love the living room (the rug is great) and the industrial feel of the kitchen…

  14. highglossblue.blogspot August 19, 2009 | 5:49 pm

    All of Diane Bergeron’s rooms here are fresh, modern fun and approachable!! Thanks for showing her off-adding her to my list of people to watch!

  15. sarah August 19, 2009 | 8:18 pm

    i love these rooms, colorful and modern with bold fabrics. thanks for sharing:)

  16. Marcy, A Fashionable Life August 19, 2009 | 8:20 pm

    The black and white carpet really grounds that room and adds the warmth and personality it needs for such a large white space…great choice.

  17. Anonymous August 19, 2009 | 8:55 pm

    Heather Do Come to Australia!!!!!

    Not only do we have some amazing interior designers, we have some inspirational fashion designers- you would love it!! Melbourne is a dream for shopping,(Scott Schulman was just here and shot a campaign for one of our fashion labels) art and cuisine and Sydney is just achingly beautiful!

    I can help put you in touch with some wonderful talent!

    jane in Sydney

  18. Fifi Flowers August 20, 2009 | 12:19 am

    LOVE the black and white drapery… oooooh and that green and white chair… DIVINE!!!

  19. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou August 20, 2009 | 6:32 pm

    i am now obsessed!
    Who made that LOVE poster…i would ‘love’ to buy it…does it give a credit in the magazine?

    I also adore Rubie Green and Madeline Weinrib…Diane is the luckiest lady around!!

  20. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou August 21, 2009 | 12:55 am

    ooh, i discovered that the LOVE poster is by Alexander Girard…but i am unable to find a print to purchase!!

  21. MABELLE September 4, 2009 | 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out Heather! 😉 And yes, Diane’s home is SO BEAUTIFUL!!